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Club Statement | Not taking the knee

6 August 2021

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We can confirm that our players have made a united decision to not take the knee before matches at the start of the 2021-22 season.

The squad have discussed at length the advantages and disadvantages of continuing the gesture, and collectively feel that their intention of making a visual symbol of their support for the fight against racism, inequality and injustice has been misrepresented as a political statement.

They do not wish for this gesture to become a catalyst for negativity, and instead plan to stand together around the centre circle in support of all other teams who choose to do so.

We ask that supporters respect the decisions that have been taken with great consideration by our players, and our opponents, as Luton Town Football Club continues to play its part in keeping the fight against all forms of discrimination at the top of the agenda.

We encourage all supporters to be considerate towards each other, report incidents or call out any form of abuse that may occur before, during or after a match.  

There is no place in football or society for any form of prejudice, and our excitement for the return of the football season must be matched by our resolve to stand together against racism and all forms of discrimination.  

 

Luton Town Football Club’s commitment is to promote inclusion and to confront and eliminate discrimination, whether by reason of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief.

People can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and in particular that they are able to work and watch football in an environment without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment, bullying and abuse. Should you wish to report a specific incident, please contact your nearest steward or download Kick It Out’s free, confidential reporting app on the App Store or Google Play.

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